Adventures in Geocaching: HMGT #13 The McCoy House


Adventures in Geocaching: HMGT #13 The McCoy House

I’ve known about the Hatfield-McCoy Feud most all of my life. My interest was renewed when the show Hatfields & McCoys came on TV in 2012. It didn’t hurt that Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton were the main players.

When I discovered that there was a Hatfield McCoy Geotrail winding through Kentucky and West Virginia, I was thrilled to go there, in part to check going to West Virginia off my bucket list. After all, I love the shape of the state and the stories from there. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Nick Saban is from there. Roll Tide.

We started with the McCoy House, and I was thrilled that the caches are big red boxes. I do love a cache that’s easy to find.

McCoy GeocacheWhen I read on the plaque that the McCoys moved here to get away from the Hatfields, I didn’t have that quite click until we visited one of the other sites.

McCoy PlaqueFor some reason I didn’t realize that this is the actual house the McCoys lived in after they were burned out of their house on Blackberry Creek. We visited this site first, and it was the last site we came to when we ate at the restaurant the night before we left. We got to see the upstairs and heard some history from the employees. Oh, and the food was very good.

McCoy Plaque 2

McCoy House Floor

Original Floor

McCoy House Newel Post

Newel Post and Pictures

McCoy House Light Switch

Original Light Switches

McCoy House Staircase

Staircase—It’s awesome to have my hand on the same rail as the McCoys’ hands.

McCoy House UpstairsUpstairs view from the outside

DH and I found the history here to be remarkable. You should plan a trip here even if you aren’t a geocacher. Do you think you’ll make the trip?

http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3QEPW_hmgt-13-the-mccoy-house?guid=fec7ad5c-b147-47c9-8336-03b7fe7d5f4d

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2 Responses to Adventures in Geocaching: HMGT #13 The McCoy House

  1. SpongeBob and I are thrilled to have people come visit our little town and experience the history of the Hatfields and McCoys.

    I am a direct descendant of the families on both sides.

    Our trail is a labor of love satisfied by the sweet words spoken by travelers like yourself.

    Be sure to plan to attend our MEGA geocaching event now in its third year this August.

    Wendy
    http://Www.hatfieldmccoygeotrail.com

    • BisonWoman says:

      We really enjoyed it! I actually met you in Florida at Geowoodstock. I traded you a Jeep geocoin for the HMGT geocoin at a LPC in the area. I also signed your Jeep. Oh, and we met your son at the McCoy well!

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